Ruggero Vanni's "Brumalis Dies (Winter Solstice)" is a 18 x 17 inch abstract work on paper mounted in a 25 x 25 inch black frame shadow box. The hand made paper is very tridimensional, with blue, yellow, and purple accents of pure pigment. 
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Ruggero Vanni
Brumalis Dies (Winter Solstice) - Small abstract blue and yellow work on paper

2019

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Ruggero Vanni's "Brumalis Dies (Winter Solstice)" is a 18 x 17 inch abstract work on paper mounted in a 25 x 25 inch black frame shadow box. The hand made paper is very tridimensional, with blue, yellow, and purple accents of pure pigment. A strong chiaroscuro brings to life a composition that is almost sculptural for the intensity of its defining lines. This artwork belongs to the series of “Chartae” (paper in Latin) that Ruggero Vanni has created since 2009. He starts these works on paper by casting several layers of handmade paper one over another to create a wavy and tempestuous surface. The strong colors that he makes by grinding pure pigments, underline the folds and curls of the paper creating an overall feeling of energy. Vanni states, "My works allude to natural phenomena, in a raw state, devoid of the limiting constrictions of literal representation. Nature is there, as a landscape, a view looking up in the air, or plunging down underwater. Imagery kept on the edge of recognition, so the final association is created in the mind. Contrasts of matter, color, light, are created to provoke emotional responses. In the large paintings the atmospheric composition is built by raised brushstrokes shattered and reassembled to reveal an underlying struggle. In the smaller works paper is cast tumultuously as a counterpoint to its inherent frailness. References to the history of painting are multiple and mixed: Venetian impasto and glazing, Luminist light, Abstract Expressionist texture, Baroque perspective. It is important to avoid mannerism, metabolize the suggestions and integrate them with empirical visual stimuli. Dissecting responses to everyday experiences into light, color, matter. There is no intent to escape reality, but to create a visual experience that communicates directly with our psyche; open to be reinterpreted continuously through our own evolution and the changing times." Ruggero Vanni was born in Paris. He studied painting from 1973 to 1978 at the Istituto d’Arte in Rome, Italy, under the guidance of Italian artist Michelangelo Conte, with an emphasis on fresco and artwork conceived as a part of the architectural context. In 1979 he moved to New York to study art at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York, earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1982. While at Cooper Union, the courses of Erwin Rubin, a former student of Josef Albers, was essential in defining Vanni’s interest for colors as the founding elements of his work. Vanni lives and works in New York City, where he has his studio. He also spends a period of the year working in Italy and Greece. His work has been exhibited in Italy and the United States and is included in public collections of museums and institutions.

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  • Dimensions
    H 25 in. x W 25 in. x D 1.5 in.H 63.5 cm x W 63.5 cm x D 3.81 cm
  • Gallery Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    LU24925341082
  • Seller Reference Number
    RV1907
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